Back To School 2016: Our Favorite Backpacks

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Our favorite backpacks

The end of summer is approaching and that means back to school is upon us! Picking out the perfect backpack can be a daunting task; it’s the one item you use every day so we want to make sure it fits your needs.

No matter if you’re heading to class, a basketball game, working, or traveling, we have something to work for you! We chose our top three brands to be featured: Under Armour, Nike, and The North Face.

-SCHEELS Lifestyle Expert: Shelby Novak

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This backpack is perfect for the everyday student but great for the athlete as well. It comes in many colors, so you’re sure to find the just right color to fit your style.

Key Features:

  • UA Storm technology, for all-weather use
  • Tough, abrasion-resistant bottom panel for added protection
  • Holds up to a 15” laptop with a soft-lined sleeve
  • Adjustable HeatGear shoulder straps are padded for all day comfort
  • 2 side mesh water bottle pockets
  • Molle webbing and D-ring on front for additional organization
  • Size: 19” x 13” x 10”
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Live in a place with unpredictable weather, or just super rough with your backpack? The Contender is perfect for you; this pack is designed to be extra durable and has UA storm technology built in.

Key Features:

  • UA storm technology, for all-weather use
  • Tough, abrasion-resistant bottom panel for added protection
  • Holds up to a 15” laptop with soft-lined sleeve
  • Adjustable HeatGear shoulder straps are padded for all day comfort
  • Variety of water-repellant pockets
  • Spacious main compartment with dual-zip closure
  • Secondary compartment with an organizational panel and key fob
  • Outside zip pocket for smaller items
  • Elastic pockets at sides for water bottles
  • Size: 19” x 13” x 10”
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This is the ideal every day backpack. From the athlete, to the fashion forward student and everyone in between. The Hustle has awesome prints and colors to match anyone’s personality. This backpack will be perfect to go with that athleisure look that is ever so popular this year.

Key Features:

  • UA storm technology, for all-weather use
  • Tough, abrasion-resistant bottom panel for added protection
  • Holds up to a 15” laptop with soft-lined sleeve
  • Adjustable HeatGear shoulder straps are padded for all day comfort
  • Large, front gusseted laundry pocket for shoes and gym gear
  • Front valuable pocket to protect small items
  • Two side water bottle pockets
  • Size: 18” x 13” x 8”
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This bag lives up to the Elite name; you’ve had Nike elite shorts and tops now it’s time for the backpack. It stores your gear without adding extra bulk. It comes in different prints and colors to really step up your game in and out of the gym.

Key Features:

  • Water-resistant tarpaulin keeps your gear protected and dry
  • Nike Max Air shoulder straps and back panel for all day comfort
  • Dual-zippered main compartment allows for easy loading and unloading
  • Has a top zipper as well to easily get into that main compartment
  • Separate compartment for shoes, wet items, and an insulated cooler pocket
  • Laptop sleeve fits a 15” mobile device
  • Size: 20” x 13” x 9”
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This is the ultimate storage backpack. It has a ventilated front compartment for your wet/dry items but also has a laptop sleeve inside. It’s multipurpose at its finest. Using this bag, you will look stylish and sleek running from workouts to school.

Key Features:

  • Large main compartment for clothes and shoes
  • Padded sleeve to fit a 15” device
  • Front ventilated pocketMax Air shoulder straps for all day comfort
  • Polyurethane coating to protect against moisture
  • Side sleeves store water bottles and other small items
  • Size: 20.5” x 12” x 7.5”
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The Recon will keep you organized in the classroom as well as on a hike. With a redesigned FlexVent suspension system for all day comfort, it can take you anywhere. Also, a new feature is the stretch- front stash pocket so you can carry a helmet, soccer ball or any other gear you need. This pack also comes in a women’s specific fit.

Key Features:

  • Offers maximum support with compression-molded shoulder straps and padded mesh back panel
  • Padded, fleece lined 15” laptop sleeve in main compartment
  • Padded fleece-lined tablet sleeve in the front compartment
  • 360 degree reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder strap webbing
  • External fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics
  • Two water bottle pockets with stretch mesh to conceal and keep contents cool
  • Sternum strap with built in whistle
  • Size: 19.25” 14” x 9.5”
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The ideal commuter backpack! The most beneficial component to this backpack for traveling is the TSA friendly lay-flat laptop compartment. This is a wonderful feature so you don’t have to remove your laptop, making security one step easier. It also comes in a beautiful women’s fit to make traveling comfortable for everyone.

Key Features:

  • FlexVent suspension system in the shoulder straps and back panel for added support
  • Lay-flat, fleece-lined laptop compartment
  • Main compartment for books and binders
  • Front compartment for fleece-lined media pocket, secured zippered pocket, and elastic webbing
  • Reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs, and shoulder strap webbing
  • Two water bottle pockets made with Teksever fabric
  • External fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics
  • Two external; vertical zippered pockets
  • Internal mesh zippered pocket
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Size: 19.75” x 13.75” x 8.5” – Women’s: 19” x 13” x 8.5”
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The perfect size backpack but with all the storage and compartments you need. The borealis has an updated women’s fit, so it really captures the female’s curves to give her an awesome fit. Overall the updated easy to access pockets and fun trendy colors make this a superb backpack!

Key Features:

  • FlexVent suspension system in the shoulder straps and back panel
  • Padded, fleece lined 15” laptop sleeve in main compartment
  • Padded, fleece lined tablet sleeve in front compartment, along with secure zippered pocket and elastic webbing
  • Front elastic bungee for external storage
  • 360 degree reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs, and shoulder strap webbing
  • External fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics
  • Two water bottle pockets with stretch mesh
  • Side compression straps offer the ability to adjust load
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Size: 19.75” x 13.5” x 8.5” – Women’s : 18.75” x 12.5” x 8”